Piano Blessings

Piano Blessings

Philippians 4:13 “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

I have been teaching piano lessons for almost fifty years. There was one short period when I had close to fifty students, but when General Motors closed a nearby plant in 2009, I lost a lot of students. It wasn’t just that employees of the auto plant lost their jobs, but companies that supplied materials to GM had to cut their employees, too. Restaurants and other businesses in the area also closed. Some families consider piano lessons a luxury item, so eventually I was down to one student.

I first met Chris when he was three and came to our house while his brother took piano lessons. He was a cute little boy, but very shy. When he was five, his mother asked me if Chris could take lessons, too. He is now twenty-one. When he graduated high school, I figured he would quit lessons and go away to college. He chose to go to a local college, and he wanted to continue taking lessons. Just recently, he got his college degree. I thought that would be it, but he is attending nursing school, and said he wanted to continue.

I have prayed over the years for more students. No one came until recently, when a friend dropped by and asked if I would teach her daughter. I said I would. She asked if I wanted more students, but I had spent money on advertising in the past with no results. I did want more students, though, mostly just because I love to teach.

I prayed for five or ten students, telling God that ten would be nice, but five would be just about right, if it was in His will. After one lesson, my friend referred two of her friends to me, netting me three more students, bringing me up to five, total.

I also write and have some published books. Because my husband also writes, we needed two computers. Once a week, my husband and I go to a writers’ meeting. My computer has given me problems for a few years now, and every once in a while it shuts down. It did so at a recent writers’ meeting. I turned to my husband and said I wanted to use my lesson income to get a new computer.

I prayed about the computer, asking God to make it clear to me if he didn’t want me to make this purchase. I learned that if I can pay it off within twelve months, there will be no interest. I figured out the cost and what the monthly payments would be, and I will have ten dollars more per month income than the monthly computer payment.

God is good.

Then I started thinking. Ten dollars would not cover my tithe. So I asked God once more. Would He please give me one more student so I could pay my tithe?

Last night I got a telephone call from an old friend of my children. She wants me to teach her son.

Didn’t I tell you God is good?

Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.


  1. Love this post, Bettilu. Brought back many fond memories of my first piano teacher when I was five. She was so patient, yet strict. Her name was Mrs. Coté – I’ve never forgotten her. God bless you! And yes, God IS good … all the time!

  2. It’s such a blessing when God answers so specifically!

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